Where does most of our salt come from?

  • Breads and rolls

  • Cold cuts, processed meats (ham, turkey, Deli meats)

  • Fresh and processed chicken.

  • Sandwiches

  • Cheese

  • Pasta dishes

  • Snacks- Chips, pretzels, popcorn

  • Soups

  • Meats with sauces     ​

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg per day. The guidelines further recommend that specific populations such as:

  • Individuals who are 51 years and older 

  • Anyone who is African American

  • Anyone who has high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease

to limit their intake down to 1,500 mg per day. Please visit

http://www.cdc.gov/salt for more information.

Know your blood pressure!

How to take your blood pressure at home:

  • Make sure your blood pressure cuff fits. Measure around your upper arm and choose a monitor that comes with the correct size cuff.

  • Take reading at the same time each day.

  • Don’t smoke, drink caffeinated beverages, or exercise within 30 minutes before you measure your blood pressure.

  • Sit with your back straight and supported on a dinning room chair and not in a sofa. Your feet should be flat on the floor.

  • Don’t cross your legs. Your arm should be supported on a flat surface with your upper arm at heart level. Make sure the middle of the cuff is placed directly over your brachial artery. This is marked on the cuff by an arrow.

  • ​Each time you measure take two to three readings one minute apart; record all the results. Bring your readings to your each of your doctor visits.

​High Blood Pressure